Here I am placing my ignorance out for the entire world to see and laugh over. Or I could be putting vocabulary words out there for folks to study and learn from so that should they ever take up the McNally series, they will not be exasperated by the sheer volume of vocabulary words which they must look up.
I’m learning words, or Lawrence Sanders uses the same interesting ones over again, because in the last book I read of his there were only five words. However, I haven’t looked up all the ones from the previous volume.
oleaginous: (margarine-y?) Of or relating to oil. OR Falsely or smugly earnest; unctuous
panjantram: another Sanders-ism… He made it up because it is not out there on the net. This is the third one I’ve found in his works that wasn’t clearly made up. (He says things like “I wasn’t gruntled.” But I don’t count the obviously made up.)
sibilance: (sound) “S” or “SH” sounds
perfervid: another made up word?
ana: A collection of various materials that reflect the character of a person or place:
malversation: misconduct in public office
griot: the name for a western African singer/storyteller who recites oral history
helot: a person who is bound to the land and owned by the feudal lord; a slave
duende: The ability to attract others through personal magnetism and charm
anomie: a state of normlessness in which there is a breakdown of the rules governing social behavior. It is used to explain some suicides. (I think I may have looked this one up already. But I didn’t remember the meaning, so…)
insouciance: carefreeness: the cheerful feeling you have when nothing is troubling you
uxoriousness: foolish fondness for or excessive submissiveness to one’s wife
spondulicks: a slang term for mone
ugli: An irregular-shaped citrus fruit hybrid between a grapefruit and a tangerine native to Jamaica (I thought by context it must be food.)